Women at the helm at SeaFest 2018

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Women sailors were at the helm at SeaFest 2018, Ireland’s national maritime festival, when they sailed six yachts from Oranmore across to Galway Harbour on the second day of the festival.

Some 39 women from Galway Bay Sailing Club were involved in the flotilla as part of Women on Water Ireland (WOWI), a network of female windsurfers, sailors and powerboaters based in Ireland. WOWI is an Irish Sailing initiative and was formed with the aim of raising the participation, profile and level of women’s water sports in Ireland. It is encouraging women to take to the helm with the goal of becoming the first women’s tribal inter-club event in 2019.

SeaFest 2018 included a strong line up of influential women in this year’s festival including Joan Mulloy, the first Irish female sailor to compete in the world-famous Solitaire du Figaro race, Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astronaut and oceanographer, and Orla Doherty, producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet.

One of the biggest crowd pleasers at the festival was the naval ship the LÉ William Butler Yeats.

SeaFest’s social media team caught up with Lieutenant Maria O’Callaghan, second in command on the ship. She spoke about the work that the naval ship does, including the mission to help rescue migrants in the Mediterranean last year. She said SeaFest is an excellent way for the naval service to engage with people and explain the work that they do.

Joan Mulloy was a big draw at the BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Experience. The first Irish female sailor to compete in the world-famous Solitaire du Figaro race, Joan brought her yacht with her to SeaFest, and had it hoisted out of the water and proved an impressive display for festival goers. Joan was promoting Ireland’s connection with the sea and seafood producers on BIM’s Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey trail on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Joan explained that she’ll be the only Irish woman in the races she’s competing in this year. “The races I do – I go offshore for three to five days at a time,” she said. “It’s racing non-stop, all day and all night, 24 hours a day.”

She said she doesn’t have time or energy to be worried during races as all the focus is on making the boat go faster, checking where the competitors are and keeping track of her performance.

There was a strong line up of female speakers at Our Ocean Wealth Summit, which is held as part of SeaFest. Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, was the keynote speaker while broadcaster Olivia O’Leary MC’ed the proceedings over the two days of the Summit.

Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astronaut and oceanographer, was another key speaker at the Summit. Orla Doherty, producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II series, was one of the other highlights of the summit programme. With family roots on the Donegal coast, Orla has a strong connection to the sea. She is an expert in underwater filming and has filmed scientists at the frontline of ocean discoveries from Indonesia.

Across the weekend, SeaFest involved many female marine scientists, educators and also many from the marine economy.

A ‘sun’sational second day at SeaFest

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World-class Flyboarder Mark Baxter performs in Galway for Ireland’s national maritime festival.
Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure
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The packed programme of free, family friendly events continued today in Galway for SeaFest 2018. From famous ships, flyboarding, sailing and seafood, Galway Harbour was awash with seafaring entertainment for day two of Ireland’s largest maritime festival. Galway was bathing in sunshine for day two of SeaFest, and the good weather attracted thousands to the Harbour and Docks.

A search and research demonstration from the Irish Coast Guard showed visitors how the team and volunteers respond to incidents at sea. The action on the water continued with three world-class flyboarders, Mark Baxter, Scotty Knemeyer and Cooper Riggs, performing tricks and daring manoeuvers in the heart of Galway Harbour.

Visitors also took to the water and gave kayaking and sailing a go, with Irish Sailing also offering disabled access for budding sailors. One of the newest vessels in the Irish Navy, LE William Butler Yeats, the Commissioners of Irish Lights vessel the Granuaile, and the Marine Institute’s research vessel the RV Celtic Explorer, and pelagic trawler Girl Stephanie were all open for tours.

There were three engaging talks from multi-award winning cameraman, Doug Allan, in The Atlantic Theatre, and another three are taking place on Sunday. From marine biology, diving and filming at the poles, Doug Allan shared some memorable moments from behind the lens. There were also screenings of the documentary Ireland’s Deep Atlantic and the Irish animation Song of the Sea.

BIM and Bord Bia hosted a showcase of Irish seafood as well as live cookery and fishmongery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s top chefs. Galway food producers and restaurateurs also hosted seafood cooking classes at the Gastronomy Showcase Van.

Kids are enjoying the oceans of fun, free activities on offer including LEGO workshops, art and craft, touch tank displays and lots of interactive games. Galway City Museum also hosted Fishy Faces workshops for kids, with some workshops run in partnership with Galway Autism. The huge display from The Defence Forces was again popular with the young and the young at heart.

Sunday 1st July is the third and final day of SeaFest 201, with most activities taking place from 10am to 6pm. For more information and the full festival programme visit www.seafest.ie

Lieutenant Maria O’Callaghan, Executive Officer LE William Butler Yeats and Cerys Johnston, age 6 at SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure.

Commemorative event held at SeaFest 2018

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SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, has hosted a commemorative service to remember all those who have lost their lives at sea and to recognise the heroism of all in the rescue services.

The civic and military service took place on board the LÉ William Butler Yeats, which is docked in Galway Harbour for the festival. The service was held on the first day of the three day maritime festival, which runs from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July.

The newly-appointed Mayor of Galway city, NIall McNelis, addressed the special commemoration.

He said it’s important that while we celebrate our oceans and all the enjoyment and benefits that they bring, we take a moment to remember all those who have lost their lives at sea and all the emergency services that tirelessly work to save lives.

He also said that there were a total of 122 drownings in the last 12 months but that the number of lives being lost at sea is reducing year on year thanks to rescue services. He extended his gratitude to all.

Poems were read by Tony Hiney, Community Fundraising Manager of the Western Region of the RNLI, and Lt Cdr David Fleming, Officer Commanding of the LÉ William Butler Yeats. There was also a musical performance with two soloists and keyboard accompaniment.

Minister of State, Seán Kyne TD, accompanied by Mayor McNelis and representatives from RNLI, Irish Coast Guard, Irish Naval Service and the Air Corps, laid a white commemorative wreath.

There was a minute’s silence and then a lone piper played. Ships horns sounded as an Air Corps plane flew overhead in a moving moment that concluded the ceremony.

A swell-tering start to SeaFest 2018

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Thousands enjoy sun-soaked start to SeaFest 2018

A weekend of sun-soaked, seafaring fun for those of all ages kicked off in Galway today as SeaFest 2018, Ireland’s largest and most spectacular maritime festival, rowed into Galway for the weekend (29th June to 1st July). Famous ships, flyboarding, free sailing, sensational seafood and Defence Force displays drew thousands to the opening day of SeaFest.

Galway Harbour transformed into a giant, interactive “sea world” with the entire waterfront awash with non-stop water based activity for the festival. Every inch of the port is crammed with boats, over 100, of all shapes and sizes, including sailing, scientific and navy ships.  Visitors enjoyed climbing aboard Ireland’s newest naval vessel, LE William Butler Yeats, the Commissioner of Irish Lights, ILV Granuaile, and the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer.  Included in the vessels on show this year, the MVF Girl Stephanie, a 45 metre super pelagic trawler was an instant hit affording visitors the rare opportunity to tour a super trawler and learn about life in Ireland’s fishing sector.

Amongst Galway’s ship-filled harbour, visitors availed of free kayaking, sailing and boat trips and the huge display from the Defence Forces proved popular with the young and the young at heart.

A welcome addition to this year’s festival line-up is The Atlantic Theatre, a purpose-built marquee, offering ocean-inspired talks and films. Multi-award winning cameraman Doug Allan shared his experiences from filming in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth for Blue PlanetFrozen Planet and Ocean Giants. Irish filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan closed the first day festivities with a live Q&A on his recent documentary Ireland’s Deep Atlantic.

Seafood lovers enjoyed the range of cookery demonstrations on offer in the BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Experience and the Gastronomy Showcase Van, to celebrate Galway as the European Region of Gastronomy 2018.

Don’t worry if you missed today. SeaFest runs again Saturday and Sunday. See you at SeaFest.

 

 

Life and the Sea – A Commemorative event at SeaFest

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A civic and military service to remember all those who have lost their lives at sea and recognising the heroism of the men and women of our rescue services.

Date:                    Friday 29th June 2018

Time:                    6.00pm – 6.20pm

Location:             LÉ William Butler Yeats, Galway Harbour

SeaFest 2018, Ireland’s national maritime festival in Galway this weekend, will hold a civic and military service on Friday 29th June to remember all who have lost their lives at sea and to recognise the heroism of all in the rescue services.

Mayor of Galway City, Niall McNelis, will address the special commemoration which will take place at 6.00pm on board the LÉ William Butler Yeats in Galway Harbour.

There will be musical performances and poems will be read by Tony Hiney, the Community Fundraising Manager of the Western Region of the RNLI, and Lt Cdr David Fleming, Officer Commanding of the LÉ William Butler Yeats.

Minister of State, Seán Kyne TD, accompanied by Mayor of Galway City Niall McNelis, and RNLI, Irish Coast Guard, Irish Naval Service and Air Corp representatives will lay a wreath.

A lone piper will play, which will be followed by Ship Horns and a flyover by the Air Corps.

Ships on show in Galway Harbour for SeaFest

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Ships of all shapes and sizes have sailed into Galway Harbour this week for Ireland’s largest and most spectacular maritime festival, taking place this weekend – Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July. Every inch of the port will be crammed with sailing, scientific, fishing and navy ships.

Captain Brian Sheridan, Harbour Master at the Port of Galway said, “We’re delighted to open up the harbour and showcase our ocean wealth to residents and visitors. The reason Galway is here is because of the ships and the sea, and SeaFest is a great reminder of Galway’s maritime heritage, and the value of our oceans for trade and transport.”

One of Ireland’s newest naval vessels, LÉ William Butler Yeats, will be on show and at 90 metres in length, the naval vessel will be a spectacular sight to see in Galway Harbour. Festival-goers can tour the vessel, get a close-up look at the equipment on board and speak with navy personnel.

Lt Cdr David Fleming, Officer Commanding LÉ William Butler Yeats said that the festival is a great opportunity for visitors to gain an understanding and awareness of Ireland’s primary seagoing agency.

“The Naval Service are delighted to support SeaFest 2018, and it will be an excellent chance for members of the public to come aboard and get a sense of what life is like on the LÉ William Butler Yeats,” Lt Cdr Fleming said.

The naval vessel was officially named and commissioned in Galway Harbour in October 2016. The LÉ William Butler Yeats will also be twinned with Galway, strengthening the city’s long standing relationship with the Irish Naval Service.

Among Galway’s ship-filled Harbour, will be a 45 metre super pelagic trawler, Girl Stephanie. Owner and retired fisherman Pauric Conneely, his daughter Stephanie and son and Captain Tomás will be on board along with their crew of six. This is a rare opportunity to tour a pelagic trawler and to talk to the Conneely family about life in Ireland’s fishing sector and to learn about fish stocks and the sustainable fishing practices of the Irish fishing fleet.

Captain Tomás Conneely said, “I’m delighted to be at SeaFest this year and to give people the chance to tour a working pelagic trawler and to learn about the Irish fishing sector. I come from a fishing background, both my parents are from Aran and worked in the industry. I hope people will see that fishing is not a ‘stone-age’ career choice, as there are lots of opportunities.”

The Marine Institute’s marine research vessel the RV Celtic Explorer and the Commissioner of Irish Lights vessel, the ILV Granuaile will also be docked in Galway Harbour and open for tours during the festival.

Snap and win! SeaFest Photo Competitions

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Make sure you have your camera ready this weekend to capture all the spectacular sights in Galway Harbour for SeaFest 2018.

There are also two SeaFest photo competitions running over the festival weekend, giving you the chance to win some fantastic prizes!

SeaFest App – Photo Competition
Snap your favourite SeaFest moment and enter our SeaFest App photo competition for the chance to win one of two €100 vouchers from The Connacht Hospitality Group – a €100 voucher from Galway’s An Púcán and a €100 voucher from Hyde Galway are on offer.

To enter the competition, upload your photo via the Gallery icon on our free SeaFest App. The competition opens on Thursday 28th June and entries will close at midnight on Sunday 8th July.

The SeaFest App can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store or Google Play. From the SeaFest App, you can view all the events, create a My Favourites List, view the festival map, and receive news and social media updates.

SeaFest Social – Photo Competition
Smile, and snap a selfie while at SeaFest this weekend! To enter, post a selfie on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SeaFest18 

The two most creative and fun selfies will each win a €50 Galway Chamber gift card, which are redeemable in 200 outlets in the city and county.

Stay up to date on all the festival news by following SeaFest on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

SeaFest Ahoy! Plan your trip to Galway

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We are hoisting the flags and raising the marquees to transform Galway Docks into a spectacular festival village for SeaFest 2018, from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018.

It will be a weekend of seafaring fun with flyboarding, celebrity chefs, seafood, sailing, ship tours and talks from wildlife cameraman Doug Allan. There will be lots to ‘sea’, and large crowds are expected throughout the weekend. To help you make the most of this year’s festival, we recommend you plan your trip to Galway Harbour before you arrive.

Here’s some tips to help you make the most out of SeaFest 2018 –

Make the most of Friday
Come early, although the full site doesn’t open until Friday afternoon, a number of activities are open from 10am including kayaking sessions, Defence Forces displays, tours of the Commissioner of Irish Lights vessel the ILV Granuaile and shows in the Exploration Dome.

By 1pm, the BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Experience will be serving up a selection of interactive exhibits and displays, and the first live cookery show will start at 2pm. Irish Sailing sessions will also be taking festival-goers out on the water.

All vessels will be open for tours from 2pm – 6pm, so climb aboard and explore Ireland’s newest naval vessel, LE William Butler Yeats, the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer, and the MVF Girl Stephanie, a 45 metre super pelagic trawler.

Activities will also kick-off at Galway City Museum, with a resident scientist performing entertaining and educational experiments and art and craft workshops. In the Food Village, the Galway Gastronomy Showcase Van will host seafood cooking classes from 2pm through till 7.30pm.

The first breath-taking displays from Powerfly’s world-class flyboarders will take place at 2.50pm in the heart of Galway Harbour, with another show at 5pm and 7.30pm. There will be three shows on Saturday and on Sunday too.

At 3pm on Friday the Kids Zone will officially open for the weekend. This dedicated Kids Zone, open each day until 6pm, has lots of marine-themed activities on offer for kids to dive into, including LEGO workshops, art and craft activities, as well as touch tank displays and interactive games.

The purpose-built marquee, The Atlantic Theatre will open its doors at 4pm for the first of seven talks from underwater cameraman Doug Allan. At 7.30pm, view the stunning documentary Ireland’s Deep Atlantic, and a live Q&A session with filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan will take place after this screening. There will also be four screenings of popular Irish animation Song of the Sea over the weekend.

Our food vendors will be open until 9pm, so grab a bite to eat and soak up the festival atmosphere at the end of the day.

Saturday and Sunday Openings
On Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, SeaFest 2018 will open at 10am, and most activities will run through to 6pm. Some activities will continue after 6pm, with the festival site open till 9pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday.

We recommend you make your way to SeaFest 2018, by rail or bus. Ceannt Station, located close to Eyre Square is only a short walk to Galway Harbour. Check the coach services from Bus Eireann, Citylink and GoBus to find an option that suits you.

Car parking will be available from 8am – 9pm at the coal yard, which can be accessed from behind the Harbour Hotel. Disabled access is also available at this location, and offers easy access to SeaFest. Q-Park Eyre Square is also offering a discount for pre-booking online with the promotional code SEAFEST18. Check out Galway City Council’s car parking locations and disabled parking options.

Good weather is predicted, so remember to pack your hat and sunscreen and keep hydrated. You can also take shade from the sun in the air-conditioned Atlantic Theatre and the Kids Zone.

This year, SeaFest aims to highlight the impact of plastics in our oceans, by reducing single-use plastics on the festival site. Businesses across Galway are going ‘plastic-free’, as will all our food vendors on site, you can play your part too by bringing a reusable water bottle, coffee cup and use cloth/canvas bags.

If you are taking to the water, you will be provided with a buoyancy aid, and for those who like to make a splash, a change of clothes and a towel may be a good idea. Remember to arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of your sailing or kayaking session, so you don’t miss out. If participants do not show in time, these spaces will be given to people in the ticketed queue on the day.

Our number one tip, is to plan your festival experience with the SeaFest App. View all the events and create a My Favourites List, and there’s a festival map, and news and social media updates too. Download the free SeaFest App from the Apple Store or Google Play.

See you at SeaFest!

 

100,000 duine chun cuairt a thabhairt ar SeaFest i nGaillimh

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SeaFest ar tí splais a dhéanamh an deireadh seachtaine seo

SeaFest spleodrach gréine ar na bacáin do 100,000 duine i nGaillimh an deireadh seachtaine seo

Tá sceitimíní ar mhuintir na Gaillimhe agus iad ag súil go dtabharfaidh os cionn 100,000 duine cuairt ar an gcathair an deireadh seachtaine seo (Dé hAoine 29 Meitheamh go dtí Dé Domhnaigh 1 Iúil) le haghaidh SeaFest 2018 tráth a gcuirfear borradh mór faoi earnáil turasóireachta an réigiúin i lár an tsamhraidh.
Tuairiscítear nach bhfuil aon seomraí fágtha le ligean i gcuid mhaith de na hóstáin, agus beidh toscairí ag eitilt isteach go hÉirinn le bheith páirteach i gcruinniú mullaigh domhanda ar eolaíocht an aigéin sa chathair agus beidh teaghlaigh ar fud na tíre ag tabhairt aghaidh ar an gcontae ina sluaite le bheith páirteach sa phléaráca.

Dúirt cathaoirleach SeaFest an Dr John Killeen, “Tá spéis mhór in SeaFest sa bhaile agus thar lear agus é anois mar cheannaire domhanda i dtaighde aigéin agus an fhéile saor in aisce is mó don teaghlaigh a bhíonn ar siúl sa tír ag an tráth seo bliana. Mar gheall ar líon na n-áirithintí óstáin agus bialainne atáimid a fheiceáil, measaimid go mbeidh luach €7 milliún i gceist leis an bhféile mhuirí bunaithe timpeall ar an gcuan agus an cruinniú mullaigh aigéin, in ioncam díreach agus go leor leor airgid i gcaiteachas indíreach.”
Dúirt an tAire Talmhaíocht, Bia agus Mara, Michael Creed, TD “Níl aon amhras faoi ach gur féile do chách é SeaFest, deis chun ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar ár bhfarraige agus feasacht a mhéadú faoin bhfiúntas agus na deiseanna a chuireann ár bhfarraigí ar fáil dúinn. Tá ról riachtanach ag SeaFest i bpríomhsprioc na straitéise Feidhm a Bhaint as Saibhreas ár nAigéin chun rannpháirtíocht leis an bhfarraige a mhéadú.”

“Gné shainiúil den fhéile náisiúnta seo is ea líon na ngníomhaireachtaí agus eagraíochtaí áitiúla, réigiúnacha agus náisiúnta a oibríonn le chéile chun clár lán d’imeachtaí a sholáthar ina ndéantar bonneagar agus acmhainní mara na hÉireann a chur ar an mapa.”

Ní haon bhréag é a rá go bhfuil rud éigin ag SeaFest 2018 do chách! Is féidir le cuairteoirí sult a bhaint as longa cáiliúla, as mearsheoltóireacht ar chlár, bia mara, seoltóireacht agus neart eile nach iad tráth a ndéanfar “domhan mara” mór millteach, idirghníomhach de Chuan agus de dhugaí na Gaillimhe le haghaidh na féile trí lá agus imeall an uisce go léir ag cur thar maoil le gníomhaíocht uisce bhunaithe gan staonadh. Beidh an calafort go léir plódaithe le báid, os cionn 100 acu, idir bheag is mhór, lena n-áirítear báid seoltóireachta, longa eolaíochta agus cabhlaigh.

Féadfaidh cuairteoirí dul ar bord agus súil a chaitheamh ar an mbád cabhlaigh is nuaí in Éirinn, LE William Butler Yeats, Coimisinéir Soilse na hÉireann, ILV Granuaile, RV Celtic Explorer de chuid Fhoras na Mara, agus beidh trálaer peiligeach 45 méadar nua le feiceáil ag SeaFest i mbliana, is í sin MVF Girl Stephanie. Seo deis uathúil don phobal turas a thabhairt ar thrálaer peiligeach agus fáil amach faoin saol in earnáil iascaireachta na hÉireann.

Chun daoine a thabhairt amach ar an uisce, agus i measc chuan na Gaillimhe a bheidh ar maos le báid, beidh os cionn 500 turas seoltóireachta agus bád, agus 800 seisiún cadhcála ar siúl thar an deireadh seachtaine, rud a chinnteoidh go mbeidh an oiread cuairteoirí agus is féidir in ann sult a bhaint as an draíocht a bhaineann le bheith amuigh ar na farraigí arda.

Rud amháin a gcuirfear fáilte roimhe ag an bhféile i mbliana is ea The Atlantic Theatre, puball sainchuspóireach, ina dtabharfar cainteanna agus ina dtaispeánfar scannáin a fuair inspioráid ón bhfarraige. Roinnfidh an ceamaradóir Doug Allan ar iomaí gradam atá buaite aige a thaithí linn ó bheith ag scannánaíocht i gcuid de na háiteanna is fiáine agus is iargúlta ar domhan le haghaidh Blue Planet, Frozen Planet agus Ocean Giants. Taispeánfar an clár faisnéise den scoth Ireland’s Deep Atlantic, agus an beochan Gaeilge a ainmníodh i gcomhair gradam Oscar Song of the Sea i rith an deireadh seachtaine.

Beidh na cócairí is fearr in Éirinn i mbun taispeántas cócaireachta bia mara in BIM/Eispéireas Bia Mara Bhord Bia. Feicfidh cuairteoirí speicis éisc agus sliogéisc beo ó uiscí na hÉireann, beidh siad in ann siúlóid réaltachta fíorúla a thabhairt faoi uisce, agus fáil amach faoi thionscnamh BIM, Ag Iascach i gcomhair Bruscair. Bainfidh an té ar ansa leis bia mara sult freisin as raon na dtaispeántas cócaireachta a bheidh le feiceáil ag an Veain Taispeántais Gastranómachais, chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar Ghaillimh mar Réigiún Gastranómachais na hEorpa 2018.

I spás speisialta na bpáistí, beidh na páistí in ann rudaí a chruthú le LEGO, ceardaíocht le téama na farraige a chruthú le tabhairt leo abhaile, scrúdú a dhéanamh ar thaispeántais umair tadhaill agus foghlaim faoin tionchar a bhíonn ag bruscar muirí. Beidh an taispeántas idirghníomhach ‘ agus ceardlanna ealaíne agus ceardaíochta leanaí ag cur snas ar imeachtaí agus beidh eolaí cónaithe i láthair agus é i mbun turgnamh siamsúil agus oideachasúil.

Is breá le gach duine an taispeántas ollmhór a bhíonn ag Óglaigh na hÉireann ag an bhféile. Bainfidh gach duine idir shean is óg taitneamh as an tsiamsaíocht seoltóireachta, beidh foghlaithe mara ann agus tumadóirí domhain farraige mór millteach, agus iad amuigh ar na sráideanna, ag cur leis an atmaisféar carnabhail sa chathair.

Lena chinntiú go mbainfidh gach duine sult as an bhféile, tairgfear rochtain iomlán cuimsitheach ar Try Sailing i mbliana (Bain triail as Seoltóireacht). Tá Cumann Seoltóireachta na hÉireann ag tabhairt deis do pháistí agus do dhaoine fásta faoi mhíchumas nó laigí triail a bhaint as seoltóireacht nó cadhcáil i dtimpeallacht shábháilte ina bhfaighidh siad tacaíocht. Ag Músaem Chathair na Gaillimhe, beidh ceardlanna ealaíne agus ceardaíochta go sonrach do pháistí a bhfuil deacrachtaí céadfacha acu agus gheobhaidh siad tacaíocht ó Chomhpháirtíocht Uathachais na Gaillimhe.

I mbliana, tá sé mar aidhm ag an bhféile freisin aird a tharraingt ar an tionchar a bhíonn ag plaistigh inár n-aigéin, agus díreofar go háirithe ar phlaistigh aon úsáide a laghdú ar láthair na féile. Tá gnóthaí ar fud na Gaillimhe ag tacú leis an tionscnamh trí rudaí a dhéanamh chun plaistigh aon úsáide a laghdú ar feadh dheireadh seachtaine na féile agus ina dhiaidh sin.

Féadfaidh lucht na féile tairbhe iomlán a bhaint as eispéireas SeaFest trí Aip SeaFest (saor in aisce) a íoslódáil, agus gheobhaidh siad rochtain ar chlár na féile, faisnéis do chuairteoirí, léarscáileanna agus an nuacht is déanaí. Gheobhaidh tú tuilleadh amach freisin agus tá an clár iomlán gníomhaíochtaí ar seafest.ie

Top Festivals on the Wild Atlantic Way

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Festivals on the Wild Atlantic Way

Come along for ‘the craic’

The West of Ireland is not only fortunate to sit astride the imperious Atlantic Ocean, it’s also a place where the whole of Ireland loves to let its hair down.

For it’s here at our western seaboard where the warm welcome and joie di vivre of its people (or as we call it ‘the craic’) make visitors from all over the world truly fall in love with these stunning shores.

SeaFest is just one of dozens of amazing festivals which dot our coastline each year.

#Seafest18 is one of dozens of festivals along the #WildAtlanticWay which capture the warm welcome, the craic (or joie de vivre) and culture of its people along this stunning Irish shoreline.Click To Tweet

Unmissable festival fun on the Wild Atlantic Way

We take a look at some of the more unmissable ones here.

Sea Sessions – Bundoran Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June

We start in the Northwest where surfers and songsters have converged en-masse over the past decade to enjoy 3 wonderful days by the Donegal coast.

Here, you catch the best of the rips by day and be enthralled at night by some of the best national and international music talent this side of the Atlantic.

It’s a fun friendly festival you won’t help but enjoy.

Find out more here. 

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Puck Fair, Kilorglin, Co Kerry 10th-12th August

If you’re looking for something uniquely and traditionally Irish then look no further than the Puck Fair in Co Kerry, where each year the residents of Killorglin crown a mountain goat (or puck) as the King of all it surveys.

Over 400 years old, the town really comes alive for this weekend in August as they celebrate their new king, with street entertainment, fireworks and general revelry which will be sure to keep the whole family amused.

Discover more here. 

Celebrate one of Ireland’s oldest festivals on the Wild Atlantic way when the people of Kilorglin crown a wild mountain goat as King Puck at the 2018 Puck FairClick To Tweet

Galway International Arts Festival, 16th -29th July

All roads lead to Galway at the end of July as it’s amazing International Arts Festival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its streets

Taking place each summer this festival offers an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, music, visual art and comedy over almost 2 weeks

It’s must for anyone with an interest in culture, and that’s well everyone isn’t it?

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Discover an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, music, visual art and comedy at Galway’s superb International Arts Festival.Click To Tweet

Rose of Tralee, Co Kerry 17th -21st August

The pale moon will be rising for many years to come before this festival stops drawing a crowd.

One of our nation’s most famous festivals, it celebrates what it means to be Irish all around the world by inviting 30+ women from all the corners off the earth to be The Kingdom’s very own Rose of Tralee.

One for anyone with strong Irish roots.

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Celebrate what it means to be Irish with thousands of visitors from around the globe at the 59th annual Rose of Tralee festival.Click To Tweet

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival, Co Clare – 31st Aug-1st Sep and 7th Sep – 8th Sep

Looking for love but just can’t seem to swipe right to find it? Well look no further than the old fashioned way at Co Clare’s fantastic Matchmaker Festival

Taking place over 2 weekends in early September, Europe’s biggest singles festival brings you some of Ireland’s best country music, fun and lots more of the old romantic stuff… if you’re into that sort of thing! Awww!

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Love is all around at Europe’s biggest singles festival on the stunning shore of the Wild Atlantic Way. Meet your match at The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival this September.Click To Tweet

Battle for the Lake, Achill Island, Mayo, 28th-39th September

If it’s water sports you’re into, then Co Mayo is where you need to go in late September. Here you can compete to be King/Queen of Keel Lake by kitesurfing, paddle boarding or windsurfing, all the while being entertained by the some of the best musical talent that Mayo can muster up for you.

Achill is a must for your Wild Atlantic Way itinerary anyway, so why not top it off by visiting at this time?

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See who’ll be King or Queen in the Battle for the Lake 2018 at Ireland’s premier water sports event in Mayo’s Achill island on the #WildAtlanticWayClick To Tweet

A taste of West Cork, County Cork 8th – 17th September

Food glorious food, what else would we live for!

And while you’re in the mood, why not travel all the way to wonderful West Cork to experience the A Taste of West Cork food festival?

Spread across the entire region over hundreds of events from the 8th – 17th September you’ll have lots of fun raiding pantrys in Bantry and savouring home made ice cream on the streets of Skibbereen.

Find out more here. 

If you’re in the mood for food, then why not take in the fabulous scenery and ambience on West Cork while you’re at it at A taste of West Cork festival 2018Click To Tweet

Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway, Tues 24th – Mon 30th October

While most are preparing to be scare and frightened in the week running to Halloween the people of Galway are too busy laughing their Claddagh rings off at one of Ireland’s major comedy festivals

It’s a whole week of laughs featuring top national and international acts across 7 venues, and it’s the perfect tonic for welcoming in the long Irish winter.

Laugh yourself silly at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway, the perfect tonic for welcoming in the long Irish winter.Click To Tweet

Other Voices, Dingle Co. Kerry, early December

Dingle, Co Kerry is not only delightful during the summer, it also a joy to visit in the depths of winter. And this special music festival is sure to enchant as your approach the festive season. While the centrepiece of the festival finds internationally renowned acts playing in an old church, you don’t necessarily have to have a ticket to catch the action.

Just tour around the local pubs and who knows that favourite act could be playing there just for you.

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Come to #Dingle on the #WildAtlanticWay to experience the magic of its Other Voices music festival. It’s a December date not to be missed. Click To Tweet

SeaFest, Galway 29th June – Sun 1st July

And of course no list of amazing Wild Atlantic Way would be complete without mentioning the one which most cherishes that ocean the most, SeaFest.

We promise thrills and spills for all the family as we celebrate all the our amazing marine environment has to offer us

So it’s only fitting that we should make the biggest splash at the end of this list!

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No list of amazing #WildAtlanticWay festivals would be complete without mentioning the one which cherishes that ocean the most. Come and experience all the fun at #SeaFest18. Click To Tweet

 

Fun, all along the best coastline in the world

So there you are, this is just a smattering of festivals which you can find all year round on the what we consider the best coastline in the world

So why not come and see for yourself. You’ll be sure to have a blast wherever you may end up

#SeaFest18 is just one of a multitude of amazing festival on the #WildAtlanticWay, the best coastline in the world.Click To Tweet